For Writers

theworriedwriter_300Last year I started a podcast called The Worried Writer. There’s a new episode at the start of each month and guests so far have included C.L. Taylor, Julie Cohen, Miranda Dickinson, Catherine Ryan Howard and Mel Sherratt.

Most writers I know create their work despite being worried, anxious or distracted, and I thought it might be useful to talk about those things in an open and supportive way.

The podcast is stuffed with advice to help you overcome self-doubt, fear and procrastination, as well as the reassurance which comes from knowing you are Not Alone.

In every episode, I grill an author (nicely!) about their own creative and psychological battles, bringing you their top tips for getting the work done.

Episode back-list, shownotes, and other resources are available at www.worriedwriter.com or you can subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher.

For more of my thoughts on writing and publishing, you can look through the relevant posts on this blog here.

Also, a couple of years ago, I wrote a weekly column ‘Write Your Novel’, for Novelicious. Head here to read them all.

Plus, as a self-confessed writing advice addict, I’ve got a few book recommendations:*

On Writing by Stephen King

This book got me started on my first novel and, perhaps more importantly, encouraged me to keep going and actually finish the damn thing.

Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott.

Put writers together and sooner or later I guarantee this book will come up. It’s beautifully written, encouraging, kind and wise.

The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear by Ralph Keyes

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read this book.

*These are affiliate links, but I will only recommend things I genuinely love/have found useful.